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Park project named for boy who died from cancer is halted

ELLINGTON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut town has withdrawn an application for a proposed park to be named in memory of a boy who died from cancer.

The Hartford Courant reports Ellington First Selectwoman Lori Spielman said in a post last week on the town's Facebook page that the ``Middle Road-Jacob Poulin Project'' had been halted because of unacceptable soil test results. Officials had planned to discuss the park on Monday.

According to Public Works Director Timothy Webb, soil testing showed evidence of pesticides ``just above permittable levels.'' Webb says no traces of lead were detected in the soil.

Jacob's mother, Sarah Poulin, says she's surprised by the town's actions. Poulin says she will continue to raise money for the park in the hopes that it can find a home somewhere.


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